International Sugar Journal

Solar-powered liquid fuels production [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and their collaborators have begun a large-scale project demonstrating photovoltaic powered production of hydrogen, which is then used to convert carbon dioxide into methanol.

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Water purification with wood, bacteria and solar energy [Full subscriber]

Water purification by solar distillation is considered a promising technology for producing clean water from undrinkable water resources. Researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China have developed a wood-based steam generator which, with the help of bacterial-produced nanomaterials, harnesses solar energy to purify water.

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Innovative power generating glass blocks embedded with solar cells and intelligent optics [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Exeter have unveiled an innovative new technology that could enable buildings to convert the sun’s energy into electricity without the need for solar panels. They embedded several small solar cells with dedicated solar concentrator optics into square glass blocks that could replace plain glass blocks used in construction.

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Bioengineered bacteria helps produce isopropanol from solar energy [Registered]

They have created a system that uses bacteria (Ralstonia eutropha) to convert solar energy into a liquid fuel. Their work integrates an “artificial leaf,” which uses a catalyst to make sunlight split water into hydrogen and oxygen, with a bacterium engineered to convert carbon dioxide plus hydrogen into the liquid fuel isopropanol.

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